Chapin resident Albert Bueno has little to no farming experience.
“I did not see the future in it,” Bueno said.
Instead, the 60-year-old worked for years in the corporate world as chief executive officer of a Chapin-based pre-employment drug testing/screening company.
After logging over three million flight miles, he figured it was time to try his hand at something new.
Today, Bueno is one of three people who plan to grow hemp in The T&D Region as part of a statewide pilot program.
He plans to grow 19.54 acres of the crop in the western end of Orangeburg County with a local partner.
John Andrew Fogle will grow 20 acres and Patrick Jamison Jr. will grow about 5.5 acres as part of the 2018 S.C. Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. Fogle will grow in Orangeburg County, while Jamison will grow his crop both in Orangeburg and Lexington counties. Fogle and Jamison chose not to comment for this story.
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture selected Bueno